Town is worst for repeat offenders

HARTLEPOOL has the worst rate of criminals returning to crime new figures have revealed.

The town has the worst reoffending rate with 36.3 per cent of crooks returning to their old ways after being punished and rehabilitated for committing crimes.

The number is more than twice than the reoffending figure recorded in Rutland, near Peterborough, in the south of the country, which recorded a 17.3 per cent return-to-crime rate.

Nationwide a total of 497,969 offences were committed by 173,274 offenders, four-fifths of whom were adults, within a year of them being released from jail, convicted, cautioned or warned over drugs in 2010, the figures showed.

More than half of the offences committed by reoffenders nationally were carried out by those with 11 or more previous offences to their name, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) figures showed.

The figures were released as David Cameron and Justice Secretary Chris Grayling have promised a rehabilitation revolution to bring down a one-year reoffending rate which now stands at 26.7 per cent.

Overall, the reoffending rate in England and Wales rose slightly by 0.4 per cent over the past year, but was down from 27.9 per cent in 2000 to 26.7 per cent in 2010.

A MoJ spokeswoman said: “We are tackling the shamefully high re-offending rates in this country by introducing a rehabilitation revolution - offenders must be punished, but we must also deal with the root causes of offenders’ behaviour so they don’t return to crime.”

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